By Megan Marley
Social Media Coordinator
OVERLAND PARK – 40 Days for Life just wrapped up its Fall campaign on November 6 with a rally outside the Center For Women’s Health in Overland Park, Kansas. The rally drew members from a number of faith backgrounds to pray and witness against abortion.
“What’s really neat about it is being non-denominational. We’re there for the same purpose; we’re there to share God’s love to abortion-minded people, the abortionists, and the people who are against us,” said Sally Kutney, co-coordinator of the 40 Days for Life chapter in Kansas City.
Groups from Our Lady of Lourdes, Christ the King, St. Pius X High School and a number of KCMO/KCK parishes and schools sponsored days during the campaign. The International House of Prayer, Lenexa Baptist Church, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Overland Park and other denominations also took several days in continuing the vigil.
“I like 40 Days for Life in that there seemed to be people from various faiths out there together. It’s peaceful, there’s no one yelling at anyone,” said Kristen Marquis, who came with a group from Good Counsel parish.
40 Days for Life takes a peaceful approach to showing the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods. Its mission is to bring together the body of Christ for a focused forty day vigil of prayer, fasting and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance and seeking God’s help to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus ending abortion, says the 40 Days for Life website.
Kutney said one of the biggest takeaways from this fall campaign is raising community awareness. In addition to the regular campaign, the 40 Days for Life ‘United’ bus tour of all 50 states stopped at the vigil site on October 12. The stop drew hundreds from across the state for a rally with 40 Days for Life co-founder David Bereit.
“People are stopping, they are looking,” she said.
Besides raising awareness, the vigil also has a direct impact on saving lives.
“We’ve had three known ‘saved’ babies, two last year and one this year. I say known because you never know who sees us and turns around, changes their mind, is a no-show,” Kutney said. “By us just standing there, they’ve changed their mind.”
The next 40 Days for Life starts during Lent 2017. See 40daysforlife.com/overland-park/ for future updates, and to view the vigil schedule.